At the Home of Martha and Mary
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Two love languages at work in these verses, Acts of Service and Quality Time.
Martha is busy trying to prepare a perfect setting for the time Jesus will spend in her home while Mary sits at His feet. It is easy to see why Martha would be frustrated yet her need to love Jesus in her own love language kept her from enjoying the gift of time with Him.
If I were Martha, I would most likely look back at these events and be sorry that I had not seen the importance of spending precious time with Jesus while He was in my home. What a rare and beautiful moment she missed. Wouldn’t we all love the opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus?
We all have the opportunity each day to make the time we have here on earth count. We can be intentional about letting go of the “to-do” list, demands, expectations and rules and simply sit with others “at the feet of Jesus.” For some, it will be harder than others to be able to relax and spend quality time with loved ones when the frenzied holiday season distracts us from what is truly important.
Enjoy the series on the Languages of Love:
The Love Languages Of Jesus – Part I